This week in the House

Week beginning Monday, 23 March 2015

Sitting week beginning Monday 23 March 2015 – 5th House sitting week of the 44th Parliament’s 2015 autumn sittings.

Please note: the program below has been updated. The House met on Monday for a condolence motion on the death of former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser AC CH and then adjourned until 12 noon Tuesday.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

Legislation

House of Representatives chamber

Please note: the program below has been updated. The House met on Monday for a condolence motion on the death of former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser AC CH and then adjourned until 12 noon Tuesday.

On Tuesday in the House, at approximately 10.30am, Ms McGowan (Ind, Indi, Vic) is expected to present the Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2015. The text of this bill will be available on the Bills and Legislation page after it is presented on Tuesday.

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program  and the text of each bill will be available on the Bills and Legislation page after it is introduced. Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

In the House during the week it had been planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced. Given that the sitting on Monday did not consider any legislation, owing to the death of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser AC CH, not all of the following list may be dealt with:

House Chamber

Federation Chamber

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Wednesday (from 9.30am to 1pm)

Thursday (from 9.30am to approximately 1pm)

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Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

Please note: the program below has been updated. The House met on Monday for a condolence motion on the death of former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser AC CH and then adjourned until 12 noon Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 7.10 pm, the following committee reports are expected to be presented and statements made:

On Tuesday at 12 noon, the following committee report is expected to be presented and statements made:

On Tuesday at 7.40 pm, the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the House:

On Tuesday at approximately 4.30 pm the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

Auditor-General’s reports

2014-15 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time on sitting days.

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Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI).

If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and made available on the website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day.

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Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is usually held on sitting Mondays in the Federation Chamber. This week, at approximately 7pm on Tuesday, debate will be resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensue until 8pm.  Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

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Sitting hours for this week

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday to Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in Infosheet  2: A typical sitting day.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagrams.

Following proceedings in the House

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the House Main Committee by using LiveMinutes, which is an online version of the Draft Minutes.  

You can see proceedings of the House Chamber and Federation Chamber via the webcasts at the Watch Parliament page.

Replays of Question Time are available to view from you desktop, iOS or Android device from the About the House news page. Question Time replays are also available from our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/athnews.

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